All in mystery and after so many years of absence on the musical scene of the western world, the return of Igor Wakhevitch with his new album « Ardhanarisvara » crowned by the occult powers and spirituality reigning into the Hindu temples’s « sancto sanctorum », especially into the immense, magnificient Sundareshvara-Parvati Temple (Meenakshi Temple) of Madurai, South India. The unforgettable moment when Igor ( though non-hindu ) while visiting the temple has been invited by a brahmin priest to penetrate into the inner sanctuary of the mighty god, Lord Shiva, Sri Sundhareshvarar, in which was granted to Igor the very rare permission to be witness and participate to the sacred « pooja » performed to the deity. Immediately after this first ceremony, holding Igor by the hand, the brahmin took him to the Godess Parvati Adi Parashakti ‘s inner sanctuary : the deity with the fish eyes, Goddess of the Moon, « Sundar » being the Sun God. Into the dark depths of antique stones oozing oil and wax, clarified butter ( ghee ), ointments, surrounded by sounding bells and mantras chanted by the priests, all of a sudden (outburst of resouding trumpets, shanai and drums ), dressed in black and handling a long silver stick, a brahmin priest bursted out violently through the doors of another shrine, taking in charge at his own benefit the procession of the two deities : each of the two gods hidden in its own chariot by thick hangings, the priest taking care of the wedding procession, bringing to their room the two deities : at sunset, the priest and the musicians taking the two Gods to their wedding room to spend the night together.
« Ardhanarisvara » is the name given to the masculine-feminine aspect of Lord Shiva, represented with a woman’s breast on the left side of his body and a man’s breast on the right side. After many long years remaining silent (except in India), Igor Wakhevitch is returning to us with some new recordings and CDs at the horizon, announcing his progressive return to the musical scene. « Ardhanarisvara » is precisely the title of his new album, expected for the end of 2014. The circumstances of this recording are unknown, surrounded by his love for discretion ; this piece of music recalls the essence of Igor’s powerfull, so special experience into the depths of the inner enclosures of the Sundareshvara-Parvati Temple of Madurai as related above. Only can be said that the music is an erotic hymn of love dedicated to Lord Shiva, a dance of love and death, union-fusion accomplished on the higher levels of the consciousness where the spheres are pure ether and a profound mystery, the deity’s union with his own worshipers : Lord Shiva’s union with a human « man-woman » crossing all along his initiatory journey all the successive stages leading to « his-her » physical union with the God : through the power of sound (Vak) acting as an occult and magic « Call », sound magnetizing process, preparation of the surroundings, forest, sea, mountains (all the non-polluted sites of the nature, sites of power where the divine strength can manifest itself without any hindrance ), in the arena of love and death : in the cosmic, an evocation of the God, Lord Shiva : endowing his « Ardhanarisvara » aspect, the sound-power (Vak) at the fingertips of the go-between spirits of the world, Lord Shiva will only consent to make his presence felt in a « vital-astral » body : presence and energy so powerful, perceptible to the subtiles senses only : on the subtle physical plan ; a shock of energy, powerful and fleeting draught along an extraordinary ritual ceremony proposed to the listener, one of the greatest moment of the album : the God’s union with a column of light erected in front of him and for him. Absorbed in the profound ecstasy of an endless orgasm, the two lovers will finally dissolve themselves very slowly and progressively (consciously, in a state of supreme consciousness) into an ocean of pure silence, pure electricity, ultimate trace, trail of the Lord’s bed of Infinity, overhanging the Unknown and the Unknowledgeable. Dream or reality ? …
Sideris Music records MA-1407 (te be released, end 2014)